Emergency Lighting Regulations, Testing and Certificates

I am qualified to issue an Emergency Lighting Certificate which can be used for a variety uses and cover all Emergency Lighting Regulations, Testing and Certificates. I cover West Midlands, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Some of the major towns I cover are listed on this page.

Emergency Lighting Regulations – What Is Emergency Lighting?

Emergency lighting is a failsafe for when the normal power supply is cut and any normal lighting (illumination) fails. It is used in an emergency situation. The normal lighting could fail due to a power cut, or more seriously because of a fire. Emergency lighting should operate automatically and give sufficient illumination which allows occupants to vacate safely. Is is usual for all new buildings to have emergency lighting fitted during construction.

Emergency lighting is a general term covering various types of emergency lighting – see below.

Emergency Escape Lighting

This is part of the emergency lighting system that provides illumination when there is a potential for danger, allowing the safe evacuation of premises by its occupants. It is part of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Standy Lighting

This part of an emergency lighting system is used to enable normal activities to continue substantially unchanged. Standby Lighting is not a legal requirement as it does not concern safety or the prevention of danger.

Escape Route Lighting

This part of an emergency lighting system is used so occupants are able to easily identify the means of escape so they are able to safely evacuate the premises.

Open Area Lighting

Also known as anti-panic lighting, this part of an emergency lighting system provides illumination to minimise panic and ensure there is enough light to allow occupants of a building to reach an area where an escape route can be identified

High Risk Task Area Lighting

This part of an emergency lighting system provides illumination for those involved in potentially dangerous processes or situations and for those involved in the proper shut-down of installations for the safety of its occupants.

Do You Need An Emergency Lighting Test?

I am usually asked to carry out Emergency Lighting Testing for the following reasons:

  • for the certification of HMO's (Houses of Multiple Occupation)

There are also special rules if you have a HMO.

You may also need an Electrical Installation Condition Report if you want your whole electrical installation checked – including fuse board, sockets and associated wiring. NB, if your electrical installation is new then you require an electrical installation certificate.

Every electrical installation deteriorates over time and continued use. It is important that the person who is responsible for the maintenance and safety of the electrical installation is sure that user is safe and not put at any risk. The installation should remain safe and in a serviceable condition

Who Can Produce An Emergency Lighting Certificate?

Insurers always ask that you use a relevant, accredited and competent electrician. Any electrician you use should hold the City and Guilds 2391 in Inspection, Testing and Verification which enables them to register with NICEIC (the UK governing body for competent electricians).

What Does An Emergency Lighting Certificate Look Like?

Please see here.

What Does An Emergency Lighting Certificate Cost?


Prices for the rest of my services are here.

Emergency Lighting Testing Frequency?

Functional test – monthly.

Full rated duration test – annually.



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